An offense has been filed against IPS officer Rashmi Shukla at Bundgarden police station in the city of Pune in relation to the alleged illegal wiretapping of State Congress Speaker Nana Patole during the tenure of the previous led government by the BJP in Maharashtra.
Last year, Patole claimed in the state legislature that his phone was tapped in 2016-2017 (when he was a BJP MP) under the name “Amjad Khan” and that he was involved in “narcotics trafficking”. Patole had also alleged that the phones of Union Minister Raosaheb Danve’s personal assistant, then BJP MP Sanjay Kakade and other lawmakers were also tapped. “I was an MP in 2016-2017 and there was no reason to tap my phone. It’s an attempt to destroy political careers,” he said.
The state’s interior minister, Dilip Walse Patil, announced at the time that the government would investigate Patole’s allegations. A three-member committee headed by Chief Police Officer Sanjay Pandey has been formed to investigate the matter. Other committee members included the commissioner of the state intelligence department and the additional commissioner of the special branch.
“The three-member committee conducted an investigation to determine whether illegal wiretapping of elected officials was done with improper political motives between 2015 and 2019. The investigative report submitted by the committee regarding the investigation into those involved in the illegal wiretapping was accepted by the state government.The committee said in its report that Rashmi Shukla practiced illegal wiretapping during her time as police commissioner of the city of Pune (between March 2016 and July 2018).Thus, an offense has been filed… under Section 26 of the Indian Telegraph Act,” said a press release issued by the Pune City Police on Saturday.
After being transferred from Pune City Police in July 2018, Shukla headed Maharashtra SID. She is currently stationed in Hyderabad as the Additional Managing Director of CRPF (South Zone).
Shukla also faced allegations of illegal wiretapping while running SID.
BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had cited a letter, allegedly written by Shukla to the then DGP, about alleged corruption in the transfer of police officers. The Maha Vikas Aghadi alleged Shukla tapped phones without permission.
Following a complaint from SID, Mumbai Police had filed an FIR in March 2021 under the Official Secrets Act 1923 at BKC Cyber Police Station against unidentified persons for allegedly wiretapping telephones and disclosed confidential documents. Shukla had moved the Bombay High Court against the FIR.